Tour length: 1.5 hours
Location: 900 S. Beretania Street
Days: Tuesday – Friday
Times: 9 + 10:30am
Group Size: 60 maximum
HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUR TOUR:
Help your students prepare for the tour in two ways: Have an interactive discussion about museum etiquette. Practice looking at art. Click here for more information.
This tour will appeal to students who are studying or who are from the Pacific Rim cultures. By starting with the question "what is art" and "why is it made", they will gain an understanding of cultural commonalities and differences within the traditional art of the Pacific Rim. On the tour they will see art objects from the Philippines, Indonesian, Pacific Island and Art of Hawaii galleries.The tour will focus on functional arts such as textiles (kapa, ikat and batik), sculpture (ancestors and deities), and the cultural beliefs the objects tell us. As they follow the migration routes across the Pacific, students understand and see some similarities in function, materials, decorative patterns and customs. The students will handle objects, engage in storytelling and poetry writing to meet DOE benchmarks in Social Studies, Fine Arts, and Language Arts.
Pictured above: Nukuoro Atoll, Caroline Islands, Federated States of Micronesia. Ancestor Figure (tino aitu), 19th century (collected 1874). Carved wood. Exchange with Bishop Museum, 1943 (4752).
Add a film to your tour for FREE following the 9am tour Tuesday - Friday.
E Ho‘omau! Animated Shorts
See local filmmakers’ beautifully animated renditions of traditional Hawaiian stories from the Pacific Resources for Education and Learning animated short-film series E Ho‘omau!,
E Ho‘omau! (to persevere; to learn from the past and perpetuate the good) is a culturally rich curriculum development project funded under the Native Hawaiian Education Program of the U.S. Department of Education.
Why Maui Snared The Sun
Directed, produced and animated by Michael Q. Ceballos. 2011. USA. 19 mins.
Long ago, Kalā (the sun) raced across the sky as he pleased, leaving the land and its people with short days and long, dark nights. Among those suffering from the lack of daylight was the goddess Hina, mother of Māui, the demigod. In order to make things pono (right), Māui summons all his courage and travels to the highest summit of Haleakalā, where he confronts the Mighty Kalā.
The Menehune and the Birds
Directed, produced and animated by Michael Q. Ceballos. 2011. USA. 23 mins.
Kēhau, a young Menehune boy, and his best friend, a little ‘elepaio bird, discover that a group of men has been killing the birds of the Kaua‘i rainforest in order to harvest their feathers faster. Kēhau and the ‘elepaio seek out the Menehune Chief and his warriors to help save their friends and find a way to change the habits of these men or risk losing the beautiful birds forever.
Pele Searches for a Home
Directed, produced and animated by Michael Q. Ceballos. 2011. USA. 25 mins.
Pele, the primal force of volcanic heat and lava, leaves her ancient home of Kahiki and searches out a new home for herself and her family. As she travels down the Hawaiian island chain, she is pursued by and battles her eldest sister Nāmaka, the goddess of water and the sea. After a climactic battle on the island of Maui, she finally finds refuge in Kīlauea on the Big Island of Hawai‘i.
Continue your museum experience back at school! Borrow artifacts related to your tour from the Lending Collection to use in the classroom. The Lending Collection is a free resource for island educators. Pre-packaged object trunks available for some tours, or hand pick objects from the collection for any tour. Contact Beth Pooloa, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hawaiʻi Department of Education Benchmarks
SS.2.2.1 Investigate the history of families using level-appropriate primary sources (e.g., artifacts, photographs, interviews, documents)
F.A.2.1.2 Use color to convey mood in works of art
F.A.2.1.4 Investigate how art is used in celebrations, festivals, and customs of selected cultures from the past and present.
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